Roth's hat trick spurs Century past Faribault
Jake Roth and Hayden Ashworth each had four points to help Rochester Century snap a two-game losing streak and roll past Faribault 7-2 on Saturday in a Big Nine Conference boys hockey game at Graham Arena.
Roth recorded a hat trick and had one assist, and Ashworth added two goals and two assists as Century improved to 9-4-0 in the conference and 11-10-0 overall.
The Panthers led 3-0 after one period and 4-1 after two.
Roth, Ashworth and Connor Davies scored in the opening period to give the Panthers a permanent lead.
Faribault's Isaiah Brogden and Century's Ryan Sherden exchanged goals in the second period.
Connor Lipinski pulled the Falcons (4-9-1, 6-10-2) within two at 4-2 on the first shift of the third period, but Roth scored twice and Ashworth once to help the Panthers pull away. Panthers defenseman Riese Zmolek also had a strong offensive showing, with three assists.
Century outshot Faribault 46-15, with Joey Pundt making 13 saves to earn the victory.
Century plays at Rochester John Marshall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rochester Recreation Center.
Century 7, Faribault 2
Faribault: Isaiah Brogden 1 goal; Connor Lipinski 1 goal; Tyler Becker 1 assist; Christan Von Ruden 1 assist; Koy Payne 1 assist; Adam Johannsen 36 saves.
Century: Jake Roth 3 goals, 1 assist; Hayden Ashworth 2 goals, 2 assists; Riese Zmolek 3 assists; Ryan Sherden 1 goal, 1 assist; Connor Davies 1 goal; Seth Hager 1 assist; Joey Pundt 13 saves.
JM plays well in loss to Big 9 leader
MANKATO — Rochester John Marshall put forth exactly the type of effort it needed to against the best team in the Big Nine Conference.
JM had some scoring chances — including at least one instance where the Rockets thought they scored but an official waved it off— but ultimately lost to a talented, deep Mankato West team, 3-0, in a Big Nine boys hockey game on Saturday.
JM's effort was far superior to the one it gave two nights earlier in a two-goal home loss to Albert Lea.
Goalie Patric Sadecki was sharp against West, making 27 saves and keeping the game scoreless for more than 24 minutes.
West (14-0-0 Big Nine, 19-2-0 overall), which is in the driver's seat for the conference title, got on the board on Christian Klemme's goal at 7:14 of the second period. Cole Filler made it 2-0 seven minutes later.
Filler added a short-handed goal with 4:18 remaining in the third period.
"Our compete level from start to finish was much higher (than Thursday)," JM coach Jay Ness said. "We played hard against a really good team."
The Rockets (3-8-1, 5-14-1) play at Owatonna at 7:30 p.m. today.
West 3, JM 0
John Marshall: Patric Sadecki 27 saves.
Mankato West: Christian Klemme 1 goal; Zach Erickson 1 assist; Tyler Loe 1 assist; Cole Filler 2 goals; Derek Frentz 2 assists; Nick Campbell 1 assist; Conor Wollenzien 17 saves.
Slow start hurts Mayo in loss to Tigers
ALBERT LEA— Aside from conference-leading Mankato West, Albert Lea is the hottest boys hockey team in the Big Nine Conference right now.
Rochester Mayo found that out first-hand on Saturday.
Albert Lea scored the game's first three goals and never trailed as it beat Mayo 5-2 at Albert Lea City Arena. The victory gave the Tigers a split in the season series. Mayo beat Albert Lea 6-1 on Dec. 21.
Albert Lea has now won five consecutive games, and it has won six straight conference games since the loss to Mayo. That stretch includes sweeping Rochester's three Big Nine teams in a span of five days last week.
Alex Claassen scored twice and Lucas Peterson once to put the Tigers (8-4-0 Big Nine, 11-7-1 overall) up 3-0 just 11 minutes into the game.
Austyn Renn answered for Mayo with 3:21 to go in the first to pull the Spartans (8-3-0, 11-8-1) within 3-1 after one.
Tommy Hanson got Mayo within a goal 3:34 into the second, but Matt Cheever scored 10 minutes later to put the Tigers up 4-2, and Andrew Thompson added a goal with 1:08 to go in the game.
Mayo plays host to Mankato East at 7:30 p.m. today.
Albert Lea 5, Mayo 2
Mayo: Austyn Renn 1 goal; Tommy Hanson 1 goal; Logan Haskins 1 assist; James Johnston 1 assist; Anthony Oliveto 1 assist; Eric Gibson 29 saves.
Albert Lea: Alex Claassen 2 goals; Andrew Thompson 1 goal, 2 assists; Lucas Peterson 1 goal; Matt Cheever 1 goal; Levi Hanson 1 assist; Garrett Matz 36 saves.
Winona rallies past Austin
WINONA— Austin scored twice in the first 13 minutes of the game, then got shut down by Winona goalie Wyatt Hamernik as Winona rallied for a 3-2 Big Nine Conference boys hockey victory on Saturday.
Trevor Stevens and Adam Maxfield scored for Austin (1-10-0 Big Nine, 3-15-1 overall), but Winona's Collin Sherod scored with three seconds to go in the first period to spark the rally for the Winhawks (2-11-0, 2-15-2).
John Rickoff tied the score 1:58 into the second period; then, Lucas Manor's even-strength goal at 6:25 of the third period was the game-winner.
Austin plays host to Mankato West at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Winona 3, Austin 2
Austin: Trevor Stevens 1 goal; Adam Maxfield 1 goal; Dan Bolingberg 1 assist; Kenny Ree 1 assist; Dan Larson 1 assist; Connor Poczos 37 saves.
Winona: Lucas Manor 1 goal; Collin Sherod 1 goal; John Rickoff 1 goal; Ivan Kovala 1 assist; Isaac Larson 1 assist; Cody Rollinger 1 assist; Alex Rickoff 1 assist; Wyatt Hamernik 31 saves.
Dodge County falls to unbeaten Luverne
KASSON— Dodge County allowed three first-period goals to Luverne, and that's all the Cardinals needed in a 3-1 boys hockey victory at Kasson Ice Arena on Saturday.
With the victory, Luverne remains the only undefeated boys hockey team in the state (20-0-1). Dodge County drops to 8-9-3.
Andrew Verhey, Logan Norman and Jaxon Nelson scored for Luverne.
Tanner Dufault scored an unassisted goal for Dodge County in the second period, and goalie Mitch Sobotta kept the team in the game with 48 saves.
Dodge County plays host to Henry Sibley at 7 p.m. Monday.
Luverne 3, Dodge County 1
Luverne: Jaxon Nelson 1 goal, 1 assist; Logan Norman 1 goal; Andrew Verhey 1 goal; Chaz Smedsrud 1 assist; Gunnar Olson 1 assist; Toby Sengvongxay 1 assist; Erik Tofteland 1 assist; Kendall Meyer 1 assist, 15 saves.
Dodge County: Tanner Dufault 1 goal; Mitch Sobotta 48 saves.